SpaceX Landing bargeFebruary 16, 2017 – 07:35 pm

SpaceX Landing barge

Returning to port late Thursday under the cover of darkness, SpaceX’s rocket recovery platform has moored at a dock in Jacksonville, Florida, for unloading of charred debris from Tuesday’s crash landing of a Falcon 9 booster. The 14-story booster was programmed to descend back to Earth, light its engines to slow down, then touch down vertically on the ship on four landing legs. SpaceX billed the maneuver as a purely experimental, and the rocket accomplished…

SpaceX Launch VehiclesFebruary 14, 2017 – 07:33 pm

SpaceX Launch Vehicles

The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched six commercial satellites into low-Earth orbit today (July 14) in a mission that was expected to include a key rocket-reusability test. The company s Falcon 9 rocket streaked into space from the pad at Florida s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) Monday, carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM. The satellites are the first members of the OG2 (short…

SpaceX Dragon Cargo ListFebruary 10, 2017 – 07:17 pm

SpaceX Dragon Cargo List

The resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been rescheduled. The SpaceX uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule will now launch on Friday, Dec. 19. The resupply mission was previously scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16 launch. However, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a statement on Thursday, Dec. 11, regarding the rescheduled date for the launch. NASA announced that the SpaceX resupply cargo mission…

The SpaceX Failure is Part of ProgressFebruary 1, 2017 – 06:44 pm

The SpaceX Failure is Part of Progress

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SpaceX Dragon Paper ModelJanuary 29, 2017 – 06:37 pm

SpaceX Dragon Paper Model

In preparation for future Crew and cargo vehicles in 2017, the ISS will have a new Module Relocation and the addition of a new docking system, the International Docking Adapters 1 and 2. These IDA 1 and 2 will fly on SpaceX Dragon CRS-7 and CRS-9 respectively, and will be installed on both PMA-2 and PMA-3. Currently, the station has one usable port for docking, the PMA-2 located on the forward end of Node 2 “Harmony”. The other PMA-3 is on the port…

SpaceX Jobs in TexasJanuary 26, 2017 – 06:17 pm

SpaceX Jobs in Texas

The United States Air Force has cleared SpaceX to conduct military space launches. Previously, only United Launch Alliance (ULA) was certified to perform these types of space missions for the military. The California based rocket company with offices, development, and launch facilities in Texas will now be able to conduct national security launches for the government, according to a report on The Hill . The certification will likely increase jobs…

SpaceX Dragon LabJanuary 25, 2017 – 06:08 pm

SpaceX Dragon Lab

WASHINGTON - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) held an invitation-only meeting at its Hawthorne, Calif.-based headquarters on Friday for potential customers of its new DragonLab, a free-flying version of the reusable Dragon capsule the company is building for International Space Station resupply missions. ?We?re committed to flying it, ? Max Vozoff, SpaceX?s Dragon product manager, said in an Oct. 29 interview here. Vozoff said SpaceX?s message…

SpaceX Failure Root CauseJanuary 23, 2017 – 06:02 pm

SpaceX Failure Root Cause

BOSTON, Mass. — SpaceX engineers still aren t exactly sure what caused the company s Falcon 9 rocket to disintegrate minutes after it launched on an uncrewed mission to the International Space Station on June 28, Elon Musk, the company s founder, said Tuesday. This failure marks Falcon 9 s first major accident in 19 total launches. This disintegration has caused some people to question SpaceX s ability to accomplish some of the hugely ambitious goals…

Video SpaceX Dragon LaunchJanuary 15, 2017 – 05:34 pm

Video SpaceX Dragon Launch

A successful-landing party will have to wait, but Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) can celebrate the successful launch of its sixth cargo mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday. Instead, on Tuesday, SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 4:10 p.m., Eastern time, and roughly 11 minutes later, the spent second stage released the Dragon cargo capsule on its journey. Dragon is slated to arrive at the space station Friday morning…

SpaceX Dragons Eye LiDARJanuary 13, 2017 – 05:14 pm

SpaceX Dragons Eye LiDAR

Short for Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging, LIDAR is used for a variety of mapping, distance and speed measuring tasks. It is a key feature in unmanned vehicles, like the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX and NASA worked with Advanced Scientific Concepts (ASC) to design DragonEye, the 3D Flash LIDAR Space Camera developed for the Dragon. While a DragonEye LIDAR sounds like a subplot to a James Bond movie, it is what the Dragon spacecraft uses to…